Driving through neighborhoods this Halloween season, you might notice something many homes have in common besides displaying a wreath or a pumpkin. Have you seen photo copies of a ghost that says “BOO” taped to front doors?
In our neighborhood, this is a Halloween tradition which we call “A BOO Gram.”
What is a “BOO Gram”?
It is a mysterious note and candy gift left on a neighbor’s door. It reminds me of the May baskets that were left on doorsteps a long time ago.
- First you ring the doorbell
- Then leave your gift
- And run!!!
Your neighbor should not know who the gift is from. Oh, my children love this. They try so hard to figure out which neighbor sent them goodies before Halloween. It is the talk of the block.
What should be in the Note?
The note is usually a poem and comes with a ghost icon to attach to your front door. The ghost decoration is a way to let your neighbors know that you have been “Boo-ed” and which neighbors still need a friendly greeting. There are many examples of the note online.
Here are a few:
I wrote my own note to my neighbors. I wanted my note to say thank you for all the nice things that they seem to do for me all year long -- all the times they have helped me transport my children, picked up my newspapers and mail while I am out of town, or have brought me yummy banana bread because they baked two.
Here is what my note says:
This SWEET SURPRISE is called a “BOO”
And although you don’t know “WHO” sent it to “YOU,”
It comes full of many “Thank YOUs”
For all the times you have helped us and watched over us in that neighborly way “YOU DO!”
Enjoy the treats and please continue to spread the “BOO.”
- Please “boo” two people in your neighborhood.
- You should “boo” these people within two days of receiving your “boo.”
- Hang the ghost on the front door to show that you have been “boo-ed.”
- Fill two bags with candy and copy this letter and the ghost two times.
- Don’t let the neighbor see you — keep the suspense of wondering which neighbor sent the “boo.”
- Place the treat bag on the doorstep.
- Ring the doorbell and run!
It will be fun to see how many ghosts appear on neighbors’ doors. Keep it safe and enjoy the Halloween season!
What Kind of Goodies?
Think of the neighbor you are “booing” and make or purchase their favorite dessert or snack. Beware of food allergies. For example, if a neighbor is allergic to peanuts, be sure to read the packaging on each item. You will be surprised that even though the food contains no peanuts, the pot it was mixed in may have had peanuts in it. My children and I have a tradition of making pretzels dipped in melted candy bits and sprinkled with mini marshmallows, chocolate chips, and Halloween sprinkles. It has been a tradition for us. For some neighbors with young children, make a basket for each of their kids. It might contain a Halloween coloring book or a flashlight from The Dollar Store that they could use Halloween night. The Dollar Store is a perfect place to gather a few goodies without spending a lot of money.
Packaging your Goodies?
- Soup cans: Clean out old soup cans. Make sure there are no sharp edges around the lid area. Wrap them with paper and add stickers, rub-on’s, or a cute computer printout for decoration. Create a ribbon handle or use a pipe cleaner for a handle. Place tissue paper inside the container and fill with candy.
- Cereal boxes: Cut the cereal box so it looks like a purse with a handle. Cover it in patterned paper and embellish the box with paper punches or glitter.
- Paper towel roll tubes: Fill the tube with your goodies. Wrap the tube with tissue paper or patterned paper. Tie the ends of the paper together with ribbon or twist tie a pipe cleaner to close the tube shut.
- Lunch sack: These come in an array of colors and sizes. You can find value packs of lunch sacks or even buy them individually. Decorate the outside of the sack and add hole punches for a ribbon closure.
- Chinese take-out boxes: These are similar to lunch sacks. They also come in a variety of sizes and colors. For a pattern to create your own Chinese take-out box, click HERE!
Oh, the ideas are endless. Whether you purchase a container or create your own, enjoy the magic and mystery of the Halloween season by spreading some good cheer to your dear neighbors.
~Kara (Studio Pink)